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Sunday, December 24, 2006

Lizzie Schulte Corneilson and the ladies of her church

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This group photograph was taken on the steps of a Catholic church in Detroit, Michigan. The photographer was A. Rentschler of 101 Gratiot Avenue. I estimate the date was about 1920.

My grandmother Evelyn identified three women. "Mama" (back row, third from left) was her mother, Elizabeth Schulte Corneilson. The notation on the left says "Mrs. Auer" and the one at the lower right says "Mrs. Fessler." I don't recognize these two names, and I don't think they are relatives, just friends known to Evelyn.

The church is not identified. Lizzie was baptized in the Lutheran church, but converted to Catholicism when she married Felix Hauer. I looked to my notes on Felix in an effort to find out what church this might be.

Felix Hauer's First Communion
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According to this certificate, Felix celebrated his first communion at St. Joseph's Church in Detroit on July 6, 1879. I believe this refers to the Catholic church at 1828 Jay Street. I found a photo of this St. Joseph's online, and it doesn't resemble the church in the photo above.

Google, however, turned up another result in the search for St. Joseph's: Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church which, prior to 1907, was St. Joseph's Episcopal Church. Oddly, this church greatly resembles the church in the photo above, except for the brickwork (which may have been given a facelift at some point). Holy Rosary, at 5930 Woodward Avenue, was further from Lizzie's home on Townsend Avenue than St. Joseph's Catholic, but I suppose not so far as to preclude her attendance there. Research in the records of both churches might prove interesting.

Meanwhile, I wanted to share this photo because others with Detroit roots may recognize this church, or perhaps may even recognize an ancestor of their own. If you're able to positively identify the church, or if your ancestor is in the photo, please contact me via the Comments section. Upon request, I'd be happy to share a high-resolution copy of the photo, so please include your email address in the comment. All comments must be approved by me before being published, and those which include an email address or other way for me to contact you will remain private. Your personal contact information will not be published to this blog.


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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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